PARIS – Celebrating its 30th year, LesVictoires de la Musique is France’s most prestigious annual awards ceremony, akin to the Grammy® and Brit Awards, which is broadcast live from the 5,000 seat Le Zénith arena in Paris. The nearly four-hour show, in which the French Music industry recognizes the year’s top recording artists, featured performances by David Guetta, Brigitte, Jean Louis Aubert and Christine and the Queens, among others, who were all supported by a full orchestra. For this year’s live performances and broadcast, the ceremony’s audio crew turned to four SSL Live. L500 consoles to deliver the ultimate sonic performance for FOH and monitors.
Supplied for the event by Parisian rental firm Silence, the L500’s intelligent and comfortable layout, with its intuitive touch screen and hardware controls, allowed the ceremony’s two front-of-house engineers to deliver a flawless show. The production was extremely technically sophisticated, with 10 SSL stageboxes on stage. Fabien Chanier, who handled the FOH mix for the performers, and Stephane Pelletier, who mixed the orchestra, deftly handled the immense workload of this technically complex live event. Chanier and Pelletier also faced the sonically challenging placement and use of movable screens, which were shifted around the stage throughout the show, obscuring different loudspeakers at varying times.
In addition to the two SSL Live consoles at FOH, two more L500s were stationed at the monitor position, where Alex Maggi mixed the bands’ monitors while Jerome Kalfon controlled the orchestra’s. Gilles Hugo, director of Silence, the Paris-based AV company that provided sound services for the show, served as the ceremony’s director of sound. Already an enthusiastic SSL Live user, Silence also recently used an L500 for the NRJ Music Awards, presented by NRJ Radio and broadcasted on TF1 TV.
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